Church news (week of April 4, 2012)

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Easter music, services at BUMC

Easter music at Bethlehem United Methodist: Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. Community Good Friday Service, the Chancel Choir sings the Joel Raney cantata “We Remember Calvary.” Easter Sunday, April 8 - 7 a.m. Sunrise Service; 7:30 a.m. Breakfast; 8:30 and 11 a.m. Worship, music by choir and bells (no Sunday School). Sunday, April 8, the choir sings “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.” The program includes Carillon Bells, piano and organ. All services are open to the community. Bethlehem is located at 13586 Old Moneta Rd, across from the Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library. For more information, check the church Web site: www.bethlehemunitedmethodist.org.


Lenten and Easter Services, Lake Side Church of the Brethren

Thursday, April 5 – Maundy Thursday Love feast including reflection, feetwashing, agape meal, and Holy Communion – 6 p.m.

Friday, April 6 – Good Friday Tenebrae – “The Sounds of the Cross” worship – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 7 – Children’s Easter Fun Day including Easter egg hunt and special activities – 10 a.m.

Sunday, April 8 – Celebration of the resurrection Worship experience – 10:30 a.m.

All services and activities to be held at Lake Side Church of the Brethren, 8130 Moneta Road, Bedford (just beyond intersection of routes 24 and 122 – toward Bedford).


Holy Week and Easter services at Trinity Ecumenical Parish

Thursday, April 5 - Maundy Thursday Holy Communion - 7 p.m.; Friday, April 6 - Good Friday Worship at Bethlehem United Methodist Church - Tenebrae Service - 7 p.m. ; Sunday, April 8 - 8 a.m. - Easter Sunrise Worship with Choir and Holy Communion; Sunday, April 8 - 9:15 a.m. - Easter Event; Sunday, April 8 - 10:30 a.m. - Easter Sunday Worship with Choir and Communion.


Lenten Luncheon series

The Bedford County Ministerial Association's annual Lenten Luncheon series will begin on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the fellowship hall of Main Street United Methodist Church. The services will be held each Wednesday from 12-12:55 p.m. Each service will feature a soup and sandwich luncheon followed by music and a speaker. Donations are accepted but not required. This year's theme is The Eight Questions of the Last Week. Speakers include:

April 4 - the Rev. David Whitehurst, Word of Life Evangelical Church, "Why have you forsaken Me?" (Mt. 27:45-46)

Good Friday services will be held Friday April 6 at Washington Street Baptist from noon-1 p.m. with no meal. The theme that day will be "Who will roll the stone away?" (Mk. 16:1-3)

For additional information call Main Street United Methodist at 586-8878 or the Rev. Geoff Hubbard at 793-1116.


Spring Swing

Bethlehem United Methodist Church will hold its 4th Annual Spring Swing charity golf tournament May 7 at noon at Westlake Country Club. Entry fee for golf is $65 and includes green fees and carts, prizes and Westlake’s backyard barbeque. Fees and forms are due April 24. To sponsor or to sign up for play, contact Bucky Moyer at 540-296-0675 or Rick Carroll at 540-484-3100 or visit the church website at www.bethlehemunitedmethodist.org.




Thursday, April 5


Center Point Maundy Thursday Service

Center Point United Methodist Church invites everyone to Maundy Thursday Service on April 5 at 7 p.m.  Center Point is located at 1177 Timber Ridge Road (1/4 mile off route 221 on right). 


Evington Maundy Thursday Service

Evington United Methodist Church will have a Maundy Thursday Service on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m.


Friday, April 6


Gospel Fest

Featuring; The Loving Sisters of Roxboro, N.C., The Fantastic Golden Aires of Richmond, N.C., Legendary Silver Stars of Blanch, N.C., Lee Walker & The Spirits of Richmond, VA., The Sensational Harmonizers of Central, VA., The Mighty Wonders of NC., Comedian Paula Nunn (Back by popular demand). April 6 at 7 p.m. Doors open: 6 p.m. $12 Early Bird Tickets on sale Feb. 13-25, $15 in advance, $17 at door. Brookville High School, 100 Laxton Road, Lynchburg, Va. 24502. Tickets available at: Heaven on Earth Book Store, Lynchburg, Va., 434-845-9056, D&G House of Fashion, Lynchburg, Va., 434-846-6844, Bigg’s Hair Shop, Lynchburg, Va., 434-845-1906, Touch of Class Beauty Salon, Bedford, Va. 540-586-3343, Altavista Church Supply Store, 434-369-6711. For More Information Call 434-546-5480. Pictured: Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites.


Bake sale

The Mt. Olivet Youth Department will have a bake sale on April 6 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Vista Foods.


Saturday, April 7


Easter Egg Hunt

Union United Methodist Church will hold a Easter Egg Hunt on April 7, 10 a.m. All are welcome, just need to bring a basket.


Easter Egg Hunt

Staunton Baptist Church, Huddleston, will hold a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt on April 7 at 11 a.m. Staunton Baptist Church is located at 15267 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston. All children birth through 5th grade and their parents are invited to this event for the entire family. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for each age group birth through 5th grade, followed by the story of Easter, and a hot dog lunch. They start at the playground beside the chapel building. Contact Randi Manis (434 664-8118) or Pastor John (678 910-7977) for details.


Easter Eggstravaganza

EastLake Community Church will hold its Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at its property located on Hendricks Store Road, about ¼ mile past the intersection of Hendricks Store Road and Moneta Road (Va. 122). There will be an inflatable obstacle course, moonwalk, hot dogs, kite flying, Easter Egg coloring and other activities, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt at 12:30 p.m. Ages up through 11 years old – hunt will be divided by age.



On Saturday, April 7 at 5 p.m., at New Life Baptist Church in Bedford, the Trying Gospel Tears will be in concert.


Sunday, April 8


Sunrise / Easter Services

Mountain View Union Church will have Sunrise Service on April 8 at 7:30 a.m. Join for Sunrise service with message by Ronald Toms. Following the service, they will have Breakfast in the fellowship hall. Join for Sunday School at 10 a.m. and morning worship at 11 a.m.  Pastor Bob Sowder will bring  the message for morning worship.  Mountain View is located on 460 West on Miller Lane behind the Moose Lodge.  


EastLake Church Easter services

Join for a celebration of hope in the risen Lord on Easter Sunday, April 8, with Eastlake Community Church. Services at the main campus, 1118 Hendricks Store Rd., Moneta, at 8:30 a.m. and 11 am. or the Westlake Campus at the Westlake Cinema. Call the church office for more information or visit the Web site at www.eastlake-church.com.



Sunday, April 8. Morgans Baptist Church will not be having its AWANA program this Sunday in honor of Resurrection Sunday.  


Special services

Sunday, April 8, Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, Forest. Dr. Ronald O Baker will be preaching at the 11 a.m. service and music will be by the Voices of Zion.


Saturday, April 14


Benefit Gospel Concert

On Saturday, April 14 at 6 p.m., there will be a gospel benefit concert featuring the Lynch Station Men's Chorus. The concert will be held at Mountain View Union Church ( 460 West on Miller Lane behind Moose Lodge). All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Admission is free but a love offering will be taken for the Cancer Society. A bake sale will also be at the concert featuring homemade baked goods. Concert is being sponsored by Friends of Faith Relay Team.


Men in Suits –Women in Hats

The Pastor’s Aide Auxiliary of Washington Street Baptist Church, in Bedford, where the Rev. Henry A. Henderson is the pastor, will be presenting Men in Suits and Women in Hats to benefit the pastor’s anniversary. This event will take place on Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m. The English Family will be in concert.


African Pastor Benefit Concert

Training Pastors International presents the 10th Annual Training African Pastors Benefit Concert, Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m., at Beulah Baptist Church, 528 Leesville Road, Lynchburg. Featuring the Rick Webb Family with special guest Kendra Cook-Penn and area choirs. Doors open at 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation at the door. A love offering will be received to help train African pastors this summer. For more information: contact John Balmer at 434-386-0266, email: jbalmerjr@yahoo.com or visit: www.trainpastors.com.


Sunday, April 15


Healing Service

         Mountain View Union Church will hold a  special Healing Service on Sunday, April 15 at 7 p.m.  In the community, families, churches and all around are many who are ill and suffering and need a touch from the Great Physician. Join in special anointing and laying on of hands for healing for anyone in need of healing.  Healing can be for needs of physical, emotionally, spiritually, financial. Mountain View is located on 460 West on Miller Lane, behind the Moose Lodge.  


Poplar Spring Anniversary

The Poplar Spring Baptist Church Usher Board will be celebrating its anniversary on Sunday, April 15, beginning at 3 p.m. The guest minister for this occasion will be the Rev. Waddell Jones, pastor of New Free Spring Baptist Church in Rustburg, accompanied by his gospel chorus, ushers and church family.


AWANA program

Sunday, April 15. Morgans Baptist Church is having its AWANA program this Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for preschoolers (age 3) through eighth grade. This week's theme is Sprint to the Finish! Hurry to finish your book with prizes for most sections passed! If you would like to join the club, visit on Sunday or contact the church at 297-4959.


Mark Dubbeld Family in concert

Bethlehem United Methodist Church is hosting a concert presenting the Mark Dubbeld Family on Sunday, April 15 at 7 p.m. The group specializes in family harmony in Southern gospel music.

Mark and Janene Dubbeld and their five children, ranging in age from 20 to 6, each play an active role in the ministry—singing and playing drums, base and acoustic guitar. In addition, Janene writes songs, stories and devotionals and is a gifted speaker.

Mark has been a gospel singer since the age of 15; he has sung full-time for more than 25 years in churches, crusades and conferences.

“Mark is one of the most powerful vocalists in gospel music today. Janene is a gifted writer, singer and a talented artist at the keyboard. The Dubbeld children blend musical talent with youthful energy and passion…I highly recommend them.” Doug Carter, Senior Vice President of EQUIP Leadership, Inc.

Bethlehem is located at 13586 Old Moneta Road across from the Moneta/Smith Mt. Lake Library.

The concert is free and open to the public; a love offering will be taken. www.bethlehemunitedmethodist.org.


Sunday, April 22


Appreciation Sunday

Sunday, April 22 will be Taylor's Mountain Appreciation Sunday at Cool Spring Presbyterian Church. Taylor's Mountain has long had a reputation as a wild, dangerous place full of moonshiners. What is not always known is that most people who live there are decent, hardworking people; people who work long hours at multiple jobs to provide for their families; people who are always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. Join for Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. to celebrate all the good things about the mountain. For directions call 586-9744 or 793-1116.


Mt. Olivet Church anniversary

Mt. Oilvet Baptist Church, Bunker Hill Loop, Pastor Jesse Waller, will celebrate its 142nd church anniversary program on April 22, at 3 p.m. The preacher for the service will be Dr. Jack Wilson from St. Paul Baptist Church.


Sunday, April 29


Lighthouse FWBC to host Reed Creek Gospel Bluegrass band

The Reed Creek Bluegrass Gospel Band will be in concert on Sunday night, April 29, 6 p.m. at Lighthouse FWBC. This is a free event. An offering will be taken.
Reed Creek has been entertaining audiences in central Virginia since 1996. The group works hard to give their audience a wide variety of bluegrass favorites during every show. Whether they are playing for small gatherings at the local church, or for thousands of people gathered around a festival stage, the band's quality performance standards remain the same.
From four-part harmonies to blazing instrumentals, Reed Creek plays a wide variety of traditional and contemporary Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel that audiences are sure to enjoy.
Members: Mike Moorefield (Guitar), Glen Davis (Dobro), Mike Reynolds (Bass), Dave Montgomery (Mandolin), and Kevin Wright (Banjo)

Lighthouse is located at 942 Burks Hill Road, Bedford VA 24523.  Contact by email at edrynn@verizon.net  or phone at 540-587-8962.   Visit the Web site at www.lighthousefwbc.com. Lighthouse FWBC to host Reed Creek Gospel Bluegrass band.